The name "usabilitea" is a hybrid, or a generic, of "smarttea" and "mytea" - two projects in the UK escience program that have developed design methods resulting from design challenges in escience, and have tested the application of those methods for eScience application design.


mailing list The escience at mailing list has been established. The forum has been established for the community to point our resources to each other about activities, calls, articles of note in escience/cyberinfrastructure and usability design.

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This resource is a result of the workshop on escience and usability held at the end of January at the UK's National EScience Center. The desire expressed there was to start a resource to continue the dialog about usability issues in escience

Special Issue call Another part of this continuing communication effort will be the forthcoming special call (early May 06)for the International Journal of Human Computer Studies. We will post updates to this site as well as to the email list. See the usabilitea blog at for versions of this call. We also (will) have a wiki for community-based discussion and development.

Workshop at CHI Other activities include the workshop at CHI on usability and cyber infrastructure, taking place in April in Montreal.

Resources in usability and escience: We're going to start to list resources available in this space so people can find lessons learned for this space as well as look at challenges for usability in this area. Here's a start:

    Useful Resources
    In 1989 William Wulf coined the term "collaboratory" to refer to the use of such technologies to support geographically dispersed collaborative research. The Science of Collaboratories (SOC) project has studied more than 200 such projects, and is devoted to understanding the technical and behavioral principles that can lead to better, more successful design of collaboratories in the future.